[pacman-dev] repo-add error in BSD

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 11:13:53 EDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 10:03 AM, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 3:58 AM, Xavier <shiningxc at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Antonio Huete Jimenez
>> <ahuete.devel at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> In repo-add/repo-remove, readlink is used to calculate the full path of
>>> a file (canonicalize with option -f). But in BSD there's no such option
>>> in readlink, so you have to use realpath instead
>> Sorry, I didn't realize my question was that obscure, let me rephrase it :
>> Why the hell do we need to calculate the full path of these files?
>> If I ask that question, it is because I am personally not able to
>> answer it myself after looking at this repo-add script.
>> If someone can explain why this is necessary, then we will have to use
>> your readlink/realpath patch.
>> If no one can, then it is probably useless so we can remove readlink
>> usage altogether and solve this portability problem in a much simpler
>> way.
> Without looking at the script, I imagine it has to do with calculating
> the path used in %FILENAME% in the db entries. it *does* support full
> paths:
> foo/bar/somepkg-1.0.pkg.tar.gz

That doesn't even use the result of readlink, haha:
  local pkgfile=$(readlink -f "$1")
  echo -e "%FILENAME%\n$(basename "$1")\n" >>desc

So FILENAME doesn't support any full paths- this has come up on the
list before. I really see little need for this readlink usage, but
Aaron, you did include it originally. If you get a chance to look
closer, let us know what you think it may have been for.


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